This is the kind of manga that blows away any stereotypes of childish interactions or frivolous stories. Kazuhiko, an embittered ex-military man turned P.I., is yanked out of retirement to perform an apparently simple task: transport a young lady to where she wants to go. The girl, the enigmatic but vulnerable Sue, though seemingly innocent herself, draws all possible enemies out of the woodwork. Kazuhiko attempts, with the help of his friends, to navigate his way with Sue through a deadly minefield of traps and betrayals. Sue, having lived in total isolation until Kazuhiko arrived, seeps under his skin and begins to uncover his tenderness and broken heart. This tale is like a nocturne of images. The layout of each page is deliberate, spare, and evocative. The fine black and white artwork, so carefully placed, works like music for the eye, forcing the reader to pause and absorb every image. The repetitive, dreamlike dialogue adds to the melancholy force of the story. The dramatic contrast between the quiet moments of synergy and lethal action makes this story so compelling. CLAMP, the pseudonym for a group of female creators, is world-famous for ground-breaking manga. Clover is an example of just how much that reputation is deserved.

Clover Omnibus Edition
ISBN: 9781595821966
Dark Horse 2010 (originally published in 2001 in four volumes by TokyoPop)

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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